10-Step Plan to Build a Crystal Ball and Tell the Future with Science

Step 1: Get a crystal ball. (You’ll need this later.)

Step 2: Assemble an artificial intelligence (AI) unit. (Interchangeable with step 3.)

Step 3: Assemble a quantum computer (QC). Connect it to AI. (Interchangeable with step 2. Tandem or parallel development with AI, okay here.)

Step 4: Supply the world’s population with personal cameras and location sensors, or “Life Recorders,” that record everything you do and say with wearable cameras and microphones. (Everyone loves this step. But hang on – it gets better!)

Step 5: Share everyone’s information…I mean “Link” – Link everyone’s information in the AI-QC system; like, have the system quantify the degrees of separation between you and every other individual on the planet. You and a family member would have very few degrees of separation, but you and some random person on the globe would have more degrees of separation.

Step 6: Employ The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle in the main AI-QC interface. (You see, the inherent properties of the quantum system allow the intelligence to predict the daily events of our lives. The AI looks at your personal behaviors, like what time you leave for work, and the habits of other people that might influence your life, like the lives of your coworkers, the post-wo/man, or your neighbor. Then, based on their actions, the AI could report things that will happen to you, like, at 9AM you’ll leave for work, at 10AM your coworker will call in sick, the mail will arrive at 3PM, and your neighbor is finally going to cut his grass, but not until 4:30 because his friend is coming over at noon and the fridge is full of beer, which he bought from the supermarket yesterday, and the camera tracked him stocking the fridge and singing, “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay” which isn’t a big sign of motivation necessarily. The system would not show all those details though – and this is the kicker – because if it did, then the predictions wouldn’t work. Imagine why: if you sit there all day staring at your crystal ball, examining the events that lead to the predictions, then all you’ll do is sit there, and not do the things that would have led to those actions. It falls apart upon observation – just like in quantum mechanics, where the location of an electron is only a probability until you observe it; and until you observe it, it exists only as a prediction, just like events in this crystal ball. The only things that would have 100% certainty would be happening in the present.)

Step 7: Set up a username and password.

Step 8: Log in to your account.

Step 9: Track the streams of information that affect the daily routine of your life, from moment-to-moment to hours to years. This would be events that are going to happen to you, presented with the probability that they will happen at a certain time. So it would say, “There’s a 95% chance your sister will call today at 12:30PM, because a whole series of events are about to occur and lead up to it.” Or for longer timescales, “You’re going to attend your brother’s birthday party on October 9 (85% chance), because he always throws a party, and you always go. So unless something prevents you from going, you may as well plan on it.”

Step 10: Develop a holographic interface within the crystal ball, and allow a user’s hands to hover over it like Kinect sensors. I’m thinking that you could adjust the time: past, present and future. Past would show recordings already taken. Present would display a mosaic of 3-D images within the ball of events that are happening right now, and the ones that affect you most would be larger or highlighted. And future would be an AI-rendering of events that will occur to you, displayed with an avatar of you in a simulated world (even, say, grabbing your car keys and walking to your car at a certain time; and sure enough, five minutes later, that’s what you’re doing).

I actually think that something like a Twitter feed would work well. Occasional blurbs or announcements will pop up on your account (no crystal ball required) when the AI makes a prediction for you.

Voila, crystal ball that tells the future, made with science.

The future’s a function of now.

And now, a bit of the past…

Take it away, Otis!

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